Ontario boss implements dress code

No tank tops, midriffs or minis in Wynne's office this summer

Ontario boss implements dress code

If you work at Queen’s Park you might need to do one last spin in the mirror before you go to work this summer. Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office has released a list of unacceptable fashion this week in a building-wide email from deputy director of human resources Emily Marangoni.

“Dressing down is in fact business casual dress as described below. Be casual, rather than sloppy,” Marangoni wrote. “Jeans are permitted if not tattered and well worn. Polo shirts, casual shirts and T-shirts are acceptable.”

On the banned list?

  • Tank tops
  • Muscle shirts
  • Camisoles
  • Halter tops
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Crop tops
  • Bare shoulders
  • Bare midriffs
  • Miniskirts or dresses
  • “Revealing” shorts


 “Casual dresses and skirts with appropriate hemlines are acceptable. Dresses that are sleeveless but do not leave the shoulders bare are acceptable,” Marangoni wrote. “Thank you for dressing appropriately for the office and demonstrating your professionalism in this work environment.”

While dress codes are generally up to the office, human rights complaints have been made when the requirements are considered sexist or specifically aimed at women or another protected group.

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